Indian Spiced Smoky Aubergine Recipe

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Aubergine! As a child, I would always say "no way I am eating that!"

I hated it, hated it and hated any way it was cooked. I can’t really think of a valid reason for why I loathed it. I just simply did. Growing older however I become fond of this vegetable, I just love it.

Grilling the aubergine on the fire adds a smokiness which is impeccable.

This method of preparing the aubergine is so delicious and aromatic, it is a variation from the typical Middle Eastern ways of preparing dips. I highly encourage you to try this one, I promise you will have only satisfaction.

Apart from being delicious, aubergines are healthy and packed with vitamin C, K and B6. They are also loaded with dietary fibres, antioxidants and minerals.

Incorporating this vegetable into a calorie-controlled diet is excellent as it is considerably low in calories. 100 g equals around 25 calories only, eat more of it for a healthy body and lifestyle.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Start to finish: 30 minutes


  • 1/2-kilogram aubergine

  • 1 onion chopped

  • 1 garlic

  • 2 1/2 cm ginger

  • 1 chilli

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala

  • 2 teaspoons cumin

  • 2 teaspoons coriander

  • 2 ripe tomatoes, chopped

  • fresh coriander

  • Salt


* Follow my video instruction on how to grill aubergine.

* Once grilled place in a plate, cover and peel when it is cool enough to handle.

* Finely chop the onion, and grate the garlic and ginger by hand.

* Fry the mix in vegetable oil for a couple minutes then add the chopped tomatoes, spices, chili and salt then sauté for a further 2 to 3 minutes.

* Meanwhile, chop the aubergine as seen in the video and add it to the mix.

* Adjust the seasoning and add the fresh coriander.

* Serve with fresh homemade chapatti.

Per Serving: 792 Calories; 45g Fat (47.2% calories from fat); 24g Protein; 88g Carbohydrate; 28g Dietary Fiber; 43mg Cholesterol; 1380mg Sodium.